Stony Plain MLA, Erin Babcock, announced more than $50,000 in funding for two Stony Plain organizations that will be used to improve programming and facility services at the Family Connections Centre.
Two Stony Plain organizations received a helping hand from the provincial government last Friday as Stony Plain MLA Erin Babcock announced more than $50,000 in local funding.
Babcock was at the Stony Plain Family Connections Centre on May 19 to present grant funding to MOMS Canada and the Alberta Parenting for the Future Association (APFA) on behalf of the provincial government. Babcock awarded $8,000 to MOMS Canada through the Alberta government’s community initiatives program and $51,621 to APFA through the community facility enhancement program.
“I had the privilege to present grant cheques to two amazing organizations in Stony Plain,” said Babcock in a post on her official Facebook page. “Projects and organizations such as these thrive when supported by the community.”
MOMS Canada, an organization that helps single mothers achieve success in their lives, said the $8,000 they received through the grant will be used to help improve and increase the programming they offer in Stony Plain.
“Our hopes are that this funding will help grow our two programming options,” said MOMS Canada program manager Madison Ting. “The first program is our empowered moms program which is an education-based program that works on skill building and offers workshops on relevant topics that single mothers need to know. We do everything from helping them learn how to cook healthy meals to debt reduction.”
The second program the funding will be used for is what MOMS Canada calls their “moms connect” program.
“One thing that single moms often suffer from is a disconnection from other adults that can lead to isolation and depression. We want to build a program that offers a place for single moms to come and bring children and be part of the community,” said Ting.
APFA will be using the $51,621 they received in conjunction with $25,000 they also received as a donation from the Stony Plain Rotary Club for renovations to their facility. That combined total of $76,621 will be used to help fund kitchen renovations at the Family Connections Centre. The APFA will also be contributing $26,621 from its own budget to the effort.
Pamela Geddes, the APFA executive director, said the renovations have been a long time coming. In 2015, when the group leased the building, they were informed that the kitchen was not up to code and would need to be renovated.
“When we originally moved into the space, the development permit excluded the kitchen because it needed to be brought up to code. This grant is to do that,” said Geddes.
Once completed, Geddes said the new kitchen will improve the service the APFA offers as well as that of other organizations that operate in the building.
“We’ll use the kitchen to offer services like community kitchen for families. The Parkland Head Injury Association can offer their group a kitchen space. Clubs and organizations can rent it. Basically, the outcome we’re looking for is to raise the awareness of nutrition and healthy cooking, eating and living,” she said.
Allyson Relf, executive director of Moms Canada, encourages women to joining the group that offers support and education in various areas of being a single parent.
By Crystal St. Pierre
Being a single parent can be a very stressful situation on the entire family.
From the burdens of working and finding childcare, to paying bills or buying groceries, these issues can cause individuals to feel very over-whelmed and exhausted.
This is why community groups such as Moms Canada play such substantial roles in providing individuals with the support they need during difficult times.
In addition, they will guide women into learning key components of how to build a successful future.
“I love seeing women become more empowered,” said Allyson Relf, executive director of the group. “They are all women who are motivated to get more out of life.”
Relf said it is amazing to watch individuals grow and begin to feel better about themselves and take control of their lives.
Currently there are 50 individuals ranging in age from 18 to 45 who access the monthly activities offered through Moms Canada.
Every Monday evening the group meets to discuss or listen to guest speakers about various topics – a parenting group, empowered moms, or moms connect. These groups will cover issues of puberty, budgeting, your inner critic, cooking healthy on a budget and self-care. During each of these meetings childcare is provided.
During the Mom’s Connect portion of the group, members are teamed up with a mentor who discusses any issues they are having and will provide direction on ways to deal with it.
Moms Canada also works in partnership with other tri-area groups such as Alberta Parenting for the Future, NeighbourLink, local churches and Compassionate Connection. All of these groups are located at the Family Connection Centre in Stony Plain. For more information about the group please contact Relf at 780-960-1554.
3/8 cup shortening or margarine
1 cup of sugar
1 1/2 cup wheat bran
2 ½ cups whole wheat flour (use some white if preferred)
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 ½ tsp soda
1/2 cup raisins
1 1/2 cups buttermilk or sour milk
(Sour milk by adding about 2 tsp vinegar)
Beat eggs with shortening, slowly add sugar, add some milk and flour alternately with baking powder and soda. Stir in bran and raisins. Store in fridge until needed keep tightly covered in a plastic bowl. Keeps for up to two weeks